On September 23, Quanyang Court delivered a decision in the Tangshan beating case. Twenty-eight defendants received sentences. The decision sparked a contentious discussion. Experts and news outlets tacitly confirmed the underground forces in Tangshan.

Chen Jizhi , the primary offender, was accused of many crimes, such as picking fights, robbery, fighting, opening a casino, unlawfully detaining others, concealing the proceeds of a crime, and the corruption of aiding and abetting cybercrime activities.

Chen received a 24-year prison term and a 320,000 yuan fine (nearly $47,000). The sentences for the remaining 27 offenders ranged from half a year to 11 years in prison, while 19 received fines between 3,000 and 135,000 ($437 and $19,000).

Chen Jizhi and six others were required to make up the lost wages, food allowance, nutritional costs, transportation charges, and other fees for the four victims.

After the beating came to light, Tangshan was tightened, and neither the victims nor their relatives were able to tell the truth. According to mainland media claims, the most severely injured of the four only had minor wounds.

On August 29, CCTV broadcast a video interviewing a victim. However, she showed her back, and her voice had changed. Many people question whether it was staged.

Zhou Xiaohui , a news analyst, said on New Tang Dynasty that CCTV’s exclusive interviews and recordings purposefully omit the facts, proving that the narrative is false.

After the incident, there were hundreds of authentic reports of underground forces in Tangshan City, the entrance to the Tangshan Public Security Bureau was almost “opened,” and many police chiefs were reported.

Following the incident, Tangshan received hundreds of verified allegations of underworld troops, and numerous police chiefs of Tangshan Public Security Bureau were mentioned.

The Tangshan beating was not an accident, an article on NetEase on June 14, titled “The Vice Governor of Hebei Province and Former Party Secretary of Tangshan acts as an Umbrella for Underworld Forces” was an example.

This is closely related to the political and economic structure of Tangshan officials. The number of high-ranking employees stepping down in recent years is astounding; in addition to the city party secretary, six or seven deputy mayors have also lost their jobs.

Political analyst Li Linyi claimed that Tangshan’s official limits were disorganized. The possibility of political and judicial collusion with the underworld existed. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be many officials caught in the CCP’s anti-corruption campaign in Tangshan, a small city.

On the other hand, Li questioned if Hebei province and all of mainland China’s political and judicial systems were just as corrupt and whether Tangshan alone was so chaotic.

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